Episcopal diocese has agreed to dissolve All
Saints Episcopal Church in Irondequoit and transfer its
property and other assets to diocese trustees. A
majority of more than 200 delegates at a Rochester
diocesan convention cast a voice vote Saturday to end
their relationship with All Saints. "It is so ordered,"
Bishop Jack McKelvey said.
The church had refused to pay more than $16,000
it owed the diocese because it believes the diocese
and the Episcopal Church of the USA shouldn't have
supported the 2003 ordination of gay bishop V. Gene
Robinson in New Hampshire or given individual dioceses
the right to decide whether to bless same-sex unions.
The pastor at All Saints, the Reverend David
Harnish, remains a priest in good standing with the
diocese but has chosen to remain with All Saints. The
church planned to hold a 10 a.m. service Sunday. It was
unclear how quickly the diocese will move to transfer
Delegates agreed to establish a committee to
look at starting "a mission congregation in
Irondequoit or other appropriate community of the
diocese." In the meantime, All Saints plans to keep